Buying iPhone 5s off craiglist?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bowsa2511, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Bowsa2511 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2013
    Hey guys when buying an iPhone 5s off craigslist what signs should I look out for? It comes with all original packaging, and the seller provided me with the imei and I checked it on Swappa and another site and it shows up as clean, and ready for activation; as in it's not tied to a contract, or blacklisted. It seems to just be an off-contract phone and ready to go. Can people report an off-contract phone stolen/to insurance, and do insurance phones comes sealed? Just want to cover all bases.
  2. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    Are they claiming it is the T Mobile unlocked version?

    If so, verify the Model #
  3. Bowsa2511 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2013
  4. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2008
  5. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Swappa is not 100 percent accurate. I had a Sprint iPhone 4S and it shows as Verizon when I put in the IMEI. Also, just to clarify, Swappa does not show you if the phone is on or off contract, it shows you if the IMEI is valid for activation. The seller could very well be under contact still, but since their account is current, it shows as ready for activation.
  6. boondocks macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Buy device only from Verizon online

    I would not risk Craigslist/Ebay with something like this.
    Try buying "device only" from verizon online, see:
  7. Bowsa2511 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2013
    Oh I have AT&T, and for those who suggest going to an AT&T store, what do I do when I'm in there? Tell the clerk I'm buying the phone from the guy and they check it or something?
  8. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    If your concerned about getting scammed just spend the extra 100 dollars and buy a full priced one off contract from apple store, at least you will have piece of mind then,
  9. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    As an experienced buyer of phones on CL, you are really at the mercy of the seller with regards to the phone. Certain issues the phone may have cant be tested on the spot. Also, you are never clear from the phone being eventually blacklisted. That said, I have only ever bought one bad phone out of over a hundred. I pay very low to limit my loss.
  10. boondocks macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Verizon vs. AT&T

    The Verizon iPhone 5S should work on AT&T.
  11. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Yes they'll check it.......then try to sell you a case.
  12. Bowsa2511 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2013
    Thanks guys, got my mom the Silver 5s, huge upgrade from her crappy Atrix HD :)
  13. Knockworstface macrumors regular


    Feb 26, 2013
    Lol. This. :D

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